ACADEMIC BOARD

Murteza Bedir, Prof.

Murteza Bedir, Prof.

İstanbul University, Faculty of Theology

Murteza Bedir graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Theology in 1992. He completed his master's degree in law at London University. He earned Ph.D. degree at the University of Manchester with his thesis, "Early Development of Hanafi Usul Al-Fiqh Legal Theory". Bedir has various studies in the subjects of Islamic/Hanafi legal theory, comparative law, Islamic law and modernization, fatwa literature and waqf law. Murteza Bedir has books titled “Buhara School of Law: 10-13th Centuries”, “An Analysis in the Context of Central Asian Waqf Law” (in Turkish), “The Book of Adha” (in Turkish); “Sunnah: Hz. The Universal Message of the Prophet” (in Turkish); “Fiqh, Madhab and Sunnah: Authority of the Prophet in the Hanafi Fiqh Theory” (in Turkish). Besides, he is the author of many translations, journal articles, conference papers and encyclopedia articles. Bedir is currently a professor at the Faculty of Theology at Istanbul University and is also the dean of the Faculty of Theology.

Recep Şentürk, Prof.

Recep Şentürk, Prof.

İbn Haldun University, Sociology Department

He was born in 1964 in Çankırı. He has a BA in Theology from Marmara University. After receiving his master's degree in Sociology at Istanbul University in 1988, he became a research assistant in the same department. In 1998 he completed his Ph.D. studies at Columbia University in New York. He became an associate professor in 2003 and professor in 2008.

He was a faculty member at Fatih University in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Public Administration. He worked as a researcher at İSAM. Currently, Şentürk is the director of the Institute of Alliance of Civilizations, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University (FSMVU). He is also the chairman of the International Ibn Khaldun Society and a member of the board of trustees at Sabahattin Zaim University.

His Books

Qur’an Translation Mehmed Akif Ersoy (in Turkish) (Istanbul 2012)
Open Civilization (in Turkish) (Istanbul 2010)
Sociology of Turkish Thought: From Fiqh to Social Sciences (in Turkish) (2008)
Human Rights and Islam: Sociological and Fiqh Approaches (in Turkish) (Istanbul 2007)
Modernization and Sociology (in Turkish) (Istanbul [1996] 2006)
Malcolm X (in Turkish) (Istanbul 2006)
Narrative Social Structure: Hadith Transmission Network 610-1505 (California: Stanford University Press, 2005)
New Religious Sociologies (in Turkish) (Istanbul 2004)
Social Memory: Hadith Trauma Network 610-1505 (in Turkish) (Istanbul 2004)

Erol Özvar, Prof

Erol Özvar, Prof

Marmara University, Department of Economics

He was born in Istanbul in 1966. He completed his primary, high school and university education in the same city. in 1998, he presented his doctoral thesis titled "Change in the Ottoman Provincial Finance in the 17th Century: Transition from Rum treasury office to Tokat stewardship" at Marmara University. He is a faculty member at Marmara University Social Sciences Institute.

Necmettin Kızılkaya, Assoc. Prof.

Necmettin Kızılkaya, Assoc. Prof.

İstanbul University, Faculty of Theology

Necmettin Kızılkaya graduated from the Marmara University Faculty of Theology in 2001 and then received a master's degree in Islamic Law and Civil Law from the same university. He completed his Ph.D. at Selçuk University, Institute of Social Sciences in 2011 with his dissertation in the field of Islamic law. Kızılkaya's studies are mostly concentrated in the fields of Islamic law and economics. In particular, the history of Islamic law, subgenres emerged in Islamic law such as qava’id and furuq, Islamic economics and contemporary issues of fiqh are among his topics of interest. Kızılkaya, who has many studies published in various languages in the field of Islamic law, is currently working as a faculty member in the Department of Islamic Law at the Faculty of Theology at Istanbul University.

Berat Açıl, Assoc. Prof.

Berat Açıl, Assoc. Prof.

İstanbul Şehir University - Department of Turkish Language and Literature

Berat Açıl completed his Ph.D. in Turkish Language and Literature at Bogazici University In 2010. He is currently a faculty member at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature at İstanbul Şehir University.

Serhan Afacan, Asst. Prof.

Serhan Afacan, Asst. Prof.

İstanbul Medeniyet University, History Department

Serhan Afacan was born in Istanbul in 1982 and graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University History Department in 2008. He received an MA degree from Leiden University's Iranian Studies in 2009, with his thesis entitled 'An Oxidantalist in the Orientalist Age: Muhammad Iqbal and the West'. In 2009 he started his doctoral studies at the same university and completed his Ph.D. in 2015 with the thesis entitled 'State Society and Labor in Iran, 1906-1941: A Social History of Iranian Industrialization and Workers. Serhan Afacan, whose primary focus is Iranian history in the 20th century, is interested in Ottoman and Iranian modernizations, history methodology and labor history in general. He has advanced knowledge of Arabic, English and Persian languages.

Yusuf Akbulut

Yusuf Akbulut

İSAR

He was born in 1988 in Istanbul. He completed his secondary education at Bahcelievler Adnan Menderes Anatolian High School. He graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations in 2012. He holds a master's degree in Sociology at Istanbul Şehir University. He is among the first alumni of ISAR. After serving as a research assistant, Akbulut is currently the academic coordinator of ISAR.